Monday, February 14, 2011

PIAF: Donka: A Letter to Chekhov

Written and Directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca
Featuring Moira Albertalli, Karen Bernal, Helena Bittencourt, Sara Calvanelli, Veronica Melis, David Menes, Beatriz Sayad and Ronaldo Tarquini
 His Majesty’s Theatre
12 - 19 February, 2011

There are times in Teatro Sunil’s exquisite Donka: A letter to Chekhov when you can feel your heart literally rise in your chest.
Sometimes it’s because of the sleight of hand and body conjured up by writer and director Daniele Finzi Pasca and his troupe of staggeringly talented acrobat/actor/clown/musicians. Sometimes it’s in response to the glorious music – performed live or pre-recorded – of Maria Bonzanigo.
Sometimes it’s the sheer beauty of the thing — the curtains and screens outrageously illuminated by Hugo Gargiulo; the linen, silk and tulle of Giovanna Buzzi’s gorgeous costumes.
Often it’s all of these, combined in service of Finzi Pasca’s light-as-air inspiration to create as funny, free and beautiful a piece of theatrical entertainment as you will ever see.

Click here to read the complete review in The West Australian 

Okay, okay, you can't please all the people all the time. Here's John Kinsella on Donka in The Australian.

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